Pompeo, North Koreans talk trust in first meetings since Singapore summit

Kwon Geun center weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea Oct. 22 2015

Major South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources, said the "Rocket Man" CD was a gift for Kim Jong-un, a reference to Mr Trump's "Little Rocket Man" gibe of a year ago.

Before President Trump's historic meeting with Kim, Pompeo had insisted the US would only accept complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization, commonly referred to by its acronym CVID.

On June 12, U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator pledged the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula following a historic meeting between the two leaders.

Kim had asked Trump about the "Rocket Man" reference when the two met in Singapore for the recent summit, according to the newspaper. Both Kim and Trump traded juvenile insults for months as Kim launched test missiles and Trump threatened to bring "fire and fury" to the regime.

Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favour with a mix tape.

A reporter accompanying Pompeo on his Pyongyang trip tweeted later that the secretary held talks with Kim Yong-chol for nearly 3 hours and that he plans to meet North Korean officials again early Saturday.

Pompeo arrived at Pyongyang's Sunan Airport on Friday afternoon, where Kim and other officials, including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Kim Chang Son, a senior official at the State Affairs Commission, and others were at the tarmac, ready to greet him and the USA delegation, South Korean news service EDaily reported.

Pompeo would not confirm the CD gift to US reporters embedded with him. "I think we understand each other".

Secretary Pompeo will depart Pyongyang Saturday morning for Tokyo, where he is expected to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss the outcomes of his talks in North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the conning tower of a sub during his inspection of Korean People's Army Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo.

"This is your third visit to our country so I guess you are used to it now", Kim Yong Chol told Pompeo at the guesthouse, according to the report.

"Eight months, no nuclear testing, no missiles, no anything", he added, saying that lack of testing by North Korea was a sign of success. We'll see. All I can tell you is this.

When asked Thursday whether he was wary that North Korea may now be trying to hide its nuclear program, the president told reporters, "We'll see".

But following talks on Sunday between US envoy Sung Kimand North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon.

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